Photobooks: Snapfish vs. Shutterfly
Posted 07 July 2008 - 07:07 PM
I was reading through all the photoshare threads earlier today to try to get a better sense of which site to use for our photoshare since I'm about to design our welcome packets. One of the major things involved in my decision is the quality of the photobooks on each site, because we plan on making nice photo albums for several family members who can't attend as well as gifts for our parents, and as extra thank you gifts (like an 8x8 size for each of my BMs afterwards). I've never ordered a photobook from either of the services and I can't find a whole lot of info posted on the photobooks (except that Morgan loves shutterfly LOL). I want my guests to be able to upload their high-res images so that I can use those in the books too if any of them are good enough.
I really also like the iPhoto books through mac.com and a friend of mine recently did a nice hardcover book with a dustjacket through blurb.com, but neither of those doubles as a photo host, so I'd prefer having an all-in-one type situation where people can upload photos (we will also put our pro pics on the site) and then have photobooks made if they like (but also so it's easier for us to have all the photos in one spot for when WE make our photobooks).
Anybody wanna chime in with your experience on why you picked one over the other, or what your experiences have been ordering books from each of them?
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Also, I could be stupid but I can't post pic from snapfish on the forum. I usually transfer pics people upload in snapfish for me over to our shutterfly account. It's a pain!
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And like Rachel said, you cannot attach snapfish pics to the forum. I have to save pics from the site to my personal computer and then upload to photbucket if I want to post a pic on the forum. So, that is a pain!
Posted 08 July 2008 - 09:39 AM
| Originally Posted by ethrondson |
I too was wondering about this, so will be checking out everyones responses.
So are you saying that the books aren't that great if you have to pay for them but good enough to get them free?
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* VS09-VISA = 15% off order expires Oct 31, 2008
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If you order through shutterfly, use all those codes for discounts. Their system will automatically use whatever they allow and you can save the rest for another purchase. There are always discounts with shutterfly. Never pay full price.
Posted 08 July 2008 - 11:24 AM
For me, it was worth it, although I have no idea what the quality of their photobooks is.
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 11:41 AM
I didn't do the group room option. I just made an account & gave everyone the passord. Then they can share the albums with their personal accounts if they want to order anything.
I also picked snapfish because I have 1000 prints that I bought on ebay for $12.
My next 3 photobooks will be from snapfish because I bought 3 photobook giftcards from circuit city for 3 cents (deal has passed).
previously all my photobooks have come from shutterfly & i have been very happy with them. If one ever is defective, they replace it right away for no charge.
The quality isn't as great as some of the higher end companies, but they are still very nice & make great gifts.
5 cent high res image downloads
to see an album, people must have an account. Shutterfly & kodak just lets you look at an album without logging in
better selection of templates for photobooks
no option for getting high res images
ability to pay subscription to be able to download all of the high res images for one fee
I don't know the quality of their books, but there other products are great. I bought a pen holder, jewelry box, mouse pad, and some other stuff before christmas during a really good special. It was all really nice.
I'll probably use one of the more expensive sites for making my coffee table book, but I plan on using a mix of shutterfly & snapfish for buying books for gifts. I design the pages with my own software so it's easy to upload them onto multiple sites for ordering.
I would not use shutterfly for the photoshare because there is no option for getting high res images. Then your pictures are stuck in shutterfly for all projects and prints.
Scan ebay & slickdeals.net for photobook codes. I've never paid full price for a photobook.